Metal

Review – Artificial Brain: Infrared Horizon

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Technical death metal outfit Artificial Brain was forged in 2011 by musicians from the likes of Luminous Vault, Afterbirth, as well as Revocation. Since then, there has been a demo and single issued the year of formation, an EP in 2013, as well as a debut full-length titled Labyrinth Constellation, which was issued through Profound Lore Records. While a largely underground entity, the group gained some mainstream exposure with the song “Absorbing Black Ignition” having appeared on an episode of the CBS television series Elementary [according to metal-archives.com]. It wouldn’t be until a little over three years that a follow-up effort, Infrared Horizon, would be released. So is it well worth checking out, or is the complexity on display not all that awe-inspiring?

Review – Celestial Grave: Pvtrefactio

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Celestial Grave is yet another nameless entry into the underground world of black metal. The two-piece act from Finland first made their presence known with their 2016 demo Burial Ground Trance, which was issued by Iron Bonehead Productions, the label handling their follow-up two-track seven-inch EP Pvtrefactio due later this month. But is there anything substantial lurking within that vinyl, or is it just another typical entry you won’t soon remember?


Review – Ghost Bath: Starmourner

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The once mysterious depressive/post-black metal group Ghost Bath is one of those units that has divided the fan base of an entire genre. Their blend of emotionally charged material, crazed wails, and bouts of anime theme song influence have left people on one side or the other with each new release. Their most recent, Moonlover, an independent effort later picked up by Nuclear Blast for distribution upon signing the five-piece from Minot, North Dakota, has actually received a fair amount of negativity across the board. However, loyal fans who appreciate what they are doing have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up album Starmourner, which is finally upon us. But have the group improved their sound to swoon the naysayers, or will the die-hards not even find this one all that engaging?

Review – Pugtopsy: Snorts of Sorrow

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Did you know pug fronted deathcore existed? Yeah, neither did I until the other day. Pugtopsy joins the ranks of acts like Hatebeak and Caninus, though as more of an April Fools Day gag than anything else. And this is where the follow-up single Snorts of Sorrow (yes, there was one other released back in 2013) comes into play for Artery Recordings. But does the punch-line really live up to the concept?

Review – Perverted Ceremony: Sabbat of Behezaël

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Belgium’s Perverted Ceremony is a two-piece act that formed back in 2011. However, it wouldn’t be until 2016 that their first two demos Sabbat of Behezaël and Demo 1 would be released in that order, quickly attracting the interest of Nuclear War Now! Productions. For 2017, they have brought together some new compositions alongside the already established from the initial two efforts for a brand new LP and cassette release using the Sabbat of Behezaël title once more. But are these performances as vile and ominous as the underground is building them up to be?